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Have you come across your dog panting at night several times? Dogs pant for many purposes. Most of us find it quite normal for all of them. But sometimes we can’t help but ask ourselves what their panting is for or why they do such things especially in the middle of the night. Could there be a connection? Could it be something to do with the dark? Or could there be something wrong with them?

As a loving dog owner, I have always had my worries with my dogs. It took a while to research and learn what I needed to know about why my dog is panting at night. Now you can grab this opportunity to learn what you need to know as well!

Let’s start…

Why does my Dog pant?

Have you ever asked yourself if dogs sweat like we do? Did you ever wonder what the answer was? Well, the answer is… yes and no. Yes, because they definitely sweat. No, because they don’t sweat like humans do. Unlike us, dogs are not able to produce any sweat through their own skin in order to cool themselves. But it is possible for them to sweat through their paw pads.

Now, how is this connected to their panting? You may ask. Well, the fun fact here is that dogs cool themselves through panting. That’s right! They pant in exchange for no body sweat. It gives them the opportunity to breathe in the air that their bodies need in order to have a successful cooldown.

Should I be worried that my Dog is panting at Night?

Most of us have known dogs panting to be incredibly normal for their species. But we never look through the details on their ways of panting. You may hear them pant after a long walk, after a game with them, or when they just settle down after an exhausting day. But doesn’t it get you thinking if they are having troubles or not? Well, we are going to find out!

Today, you’re going to learn the difference between a dog’s normal panting and abnormal panting.

When does normal and abnormal panting occur in our dogs?

When it comes to normal panting, dogs do this in order to cool down. This happens when your dog’s temperature increases. It is considered a healthy method for them to prevent dehydration or heatstroke.

If you are talking about abnormal panting, this is something to look out for. It could mean that your dog is suffering an illness or many critical cases. To spot an abnormal way of panting, see if your dog has any of these factors:

  • Your dog’s panting is much excessive than the usual panting
  • Your dog is panting when they are not that warm and doesn’t need to cool down at all
  • Your dog’s panting sounds more harsh and louder unlike a normal pant
  • Your dog is putting more effort than usual as they keep panting

What are the Causes for Abnormal Panting?

There are many reasons or causes to why your dog is forced to pant abnormally. The level of severity can be mild to critical. This all depends on your dog’s lifestyle or family bloodline. If ever you find your dog panting abnormally, I recommend you give them a visit to the vet to ensure your dog’s health. Here are 5 possible causes for abnormal panting:

  • Overheating

We may think that when a dog’s body overheats, or their body temperature rises, all of it can be fixed quickly just through panting. But no, there is such thing as overheating which is deadly as it can lead your dog to have heatstroke. Other symptoms include glazed eyes, a great need to drink water, increased pulse rate and heartbeat.

  • Pain

It could be possible that your dog is not feeling alright or that something must have happened that may have led them to a painful condition. It can be difficult to tell what kind of pain they are feeling knowing that your dog can’t tell you at all. It is best if you have him or her visit the vet for just in case purposes.

  • Body Disorders or Diseases

When we say body disorders, your pet could possibly be having either cardiovascular disorders, respiratory disorders, hematologic disorders, miscellaneous disorders, or neurologic disorders. Consult the vet immediately if ever you think this is possible.

  • Anemia

This is a state where your dog has low levels of red blood cells or does not have enough hemoglobin. They are responsible for carrying the oxygen around the body. If your dog is abnormally panting, it could be that they lack oxygen. Other symptoms include weakness, lethargy, failing exercises, increased heart rate, and loss of appetite, rapid breathing and collapsing.

  • Animal Stress or Fear

When your dog is not panting normally, it could probably just mean he or she is experiencing animal stress. Either they are anxious, stressed, or experiencing specific phobias. We usually use the term “behavioral panting” when it comes to this. If you think your dog is having animal stress, see whether your dog is also yawning often, pacing, and crying, frequent licking, trembling and hiding.


At times like this, please do not panic! All you have to do is observe and apply whatever it is that you have learned in this article. Symptoms of each cause can help you identify what your dog might be facing. But to be extra sure of things, it is highly recommended to check in with your dog’s vet.

I hope this article helped! Please share this with friends and family to help those who are unsure about their dog’s panting. Thank you!

About the Author Susan

Dear my friends, I’m Susan J.Varney, as a dog lover, I’m here to give you best advices and experiences of mine to help you deal with your cute, lovely dogs. was established with the goal to equip you with knowledge about nutrition, common diseases, habits of your dogs. Also, I teach you some simple ways to train your intelligent dogs. Read more

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